Week One in The American…

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So The American began the week (and its history) 0-1.

UConn’s deflating loss to Towson kicked off the weekend, which didn’t help support the theory that Mike Aresco has been pushing: The American, as a group, belongs in the highest division of college football.

Only time will tell.

Here’s what Week One told us:

AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco (AP)

AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco (AP)

*Aside from UConn, seven other FBS schools lost to FCS teams (South Florida, which was dismantled by McNeese State, 63-21, was one of them). That shouldn’t make the Huskies feel any better, though. It still doesn’t change Thursday’s dreadful all-around effort.

*I know Louisville beat up on Ohio, but the Cardinals have a real shot at going undefeated. There’s a chance they won’t play a top 25 all season. Question is, will that be enough to get them in the title game?

*…Unless Cincinnati is ranked when the Bearcats and Cardinals meet in the regular season finale. Cincy, in its first game under Tommy Tuberville, was as impressive as UConn/USF were inept. The Bearcats trounced Purdue, 42-7, and picked up a few votes in the polls. Apparently, Tuberville hasn’t yet decided on a starting quarterback: Munchie Legaux played three quarters in the  opener and incumbent Brendon Kay was inserted in the fourth. Cincinnati has another B1G opponent this week in Illinois.

*If you’re already examining the future of the AAC, consider this: Tulsa, arriving in 2014, got stomped by Bowling Green, 34-7. Two other soon-to-be members — Tulane and East Carolina — comfortably defeated FCS opponents.

THE STAT(S)

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater jumped Ohio State’s Braxton Miller as the ridiculously early Heisman favorite. The new odds, according to sports book Bovada, place Bridgewater at 5/1. Miller dropped to 9/2 to 13/2.

THE TWEET

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THE CLIP

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